Tuesday, January 20, 2009
UNT and Dallas gallery teaming up for art exhibit
The Rachofsky House in Dallas will present its first collaborative exhibit, "On the Body: Selected Work from the Rachofsky Collection."
Teaming up with UNT's College of Visual Arts and Design, the Rachofsky House in Dallas will present its first collaborative exhibit, "On the Body: Selected Work from the Rachofsky Collection."
An opening reception for the exhibit will be Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the UNT Art Gallery in the Art Building.
Thomas Feulmer, director of educational programming for the Rachofsky House, said the pieces in the exhibition raise questions about the human body and how we understand it as a physical, social and scientific presence in the world.
"Because all this work relates to the body on some level, there is a direct idea there - we all have a body," Feulmer said.
In some cases, you see parts of your body or parts that look like your body throughout the exhibit, he said.
"Throughout the exhibition, issues of identity, sexuality, gender and race appear, as well as notions about the body as a scientific, social and political entity," Feulmer wrote in a statement about the exhibition.
The exhibit shows the body as a part of culture from era to era, he said.
The exhibit features Janine Antoni's "Mortar and Pestle," "Moons" by Annette Lawrence of the studio art faculty and Felix Gonzalez-Torres' "Untitled (L.A.)."
This is the first collaborative exhibition between The Rachofsky Collection and a local university gallery. The idea occurred when Feulmer and Tracee Robertson, director of the NT Art Gallery, looked for ways to involve the House with the community.
He said Howard Rachofsky, owner of the House, was interested in having part of his contemporary art collection travel out into the community.
"From there, we were really eager to make it a show that wasn't just dropped down in the middle of the university," Feulmer said. "We wanted to have it be something that has a life beyond just being set down in that space."
Based around the exhibit, undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Visual Arts and Design developed teaching tools and scholarly methods of examining exhibition pieces last semester.
Feulmer said these include computer presentations explaining the artwork, methodological essays published on the gallery's Web site and printed brochures that were condensed from the students' essays.
One target of the house is to educate people on contemporary art, Feulmer said.
"It is just a way to get the artwork out in the local community and create an opportunity for the local community to see the work," he said.
Feulmer said he believes any person in today's society can be impacted by contemporary art.
"These are contemporary artists, and it is all work made from people that are alive right now who make art based on reflections of the world we live in," he said. "It's the most relevant art to our time."
Art history senior David Thomas said contemporary art is viable today and a necessary function for society.
"Contemporary art gives us an alternative view to our culture and our world compared to what we might read in history books," he said.
The Rachofsky House, designed by Richard Mier, is a private home for Howard and Cindy Rachofsky at 8605 Preston Road in Dallas, and it is open to the public by appointment to view Rachofsky's collection of contemporary art.
The House has about 70 of 500 pieces on display, Feulmer said, and UNT's exhibit will include 15 works.
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